Suspicious Russia claim over rockets that killed fleeing civilians


On April 8, 2022, Ukrainian authorities and news reports said a rocket attack killed at least 52 people, including five children, at a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk.

Ukraine said Russian forces deliberately targeted the station, an evacuation center for civilians fleeing the war, with two ballistic missiles. About 100 people were injured, according to Ukrainian press reports and officials.

Russia quickly denied responsibility and blamed Ukraine.

“All statements by the representatives of the nationalist regime in kyiv about the ‘rocket attack’ allegedly carried out by Russia on April 8 at the Kramatorsk city railway station are a provocation and are absolutely false,” he said. Russian Defense Ministry, according to a report by The New York Times.

As evidence, the ministry claimed that only Ukrainian forces employ the Tochka-U ballistic missiles said to have been used in the attack.

“We emphasize that the Tochka-U tactical missiles, fragments of which were found near the Kramatorsk railway station and published by eyewitnesses, are used only by the Ukrainian armed forces,” said the Ministry of Defense stated.

A pro-Russian militia leader in Donbas said the same thing.

“I emphasize, it is a rocket, Tochka-U, we do not have such armament in our republics, Donetsk and Luhansk, and in the Russian Federation in the army they do not have it either.” Edward Basurindeputy head of the Donetsk militia, told the Russian channel TV1.

This is probably false. Evidence shows that Russian convoys transported Tochka-U systems on trucks to Belarus. And Russia reflexively blames Ukraine for attacks on civilians, despite abundant evidence to the contrary.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blamed the Kramatorsk attack on Tochka-U missiles fired by Russia. Also known as the SS-21, the Tochka is a single-warhead mobile system that can be launched in ballistic or cruise mode, according to a Center for Strategic International Studies Missile Threats Report published in March. The weapons were developed in the 1970s by the Soviet Union.

In 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry proudly announced the Tochka-U system in a YouTube video:

“Russia is believed to currently possess 300 TEL [launch] vehicles and 310 nuclear warheads for all versions of the Tochka” and that Ukraine has about 500 versions of the Tochka-U, a model introduced in 1989, the center reported.

Russian state newspaper FIA reported in 2017 that the Russian military began using Tochka-U in 1989. A website affiliated with the Russian armed forces, “Voennoe Obozreniehe praised the Tochka-U system for its reliability, comparing it to the Kalashnikov, Russia’s famous automatic assault rifle.

According to open source reports, the The Russian Army has used Tochka-U missiles in Chechnya in the 1990s, in Syria, in Ukraine multiple times since the start of the war in 2014, and even on the first day of its full-scale invasion on February 24.

That day, the fragments of a rocket that hit a hospital in the town of Vugledar, in eastern Ukraine, killing four and injuring more than 10 people, were identified as a Tochka-U system launched by the Russian army, according to the Twitter account. Ukrainian Weapon Tracker.

Ukraine has also reportedly used Tochka-U systems in Donbass in 2014 and in March under the new Russian offensive.

An open source investigative news site, the Belarusian Hajun Project, twice published videos of Russian military columns marked with a letter “V” moving towards the Ukrainian border, on March 5 and March 30. the first column included “at least 30” and the second system “at least 8 Tochka-U”the site tweeted.

Russia’s deployment of some 30 Tochka-U systems on the borders of Belarus near Ukraine was also reported by Telegram users on March 5.

In the Kramatorsk attack, photos show a piece of debris from a large rocket on which the words “for children” were written in Russian.

Ukrainian authorities said some 4,000 people were awaiting evacuation at the station when the missiles struck on the morning of April 8.

This image contains sensitive content that some people may find offensive or disturbing.

A photo provided by the Donetsk Regional State Administration shows police and rescuers at the scene after a missile hit the train station in Kramatorsk, Donbass region, eastern Ukraine, on April 8, 2022. ( Anatolii STEPANOV/AFP)

A photo provided by the Donetsk Regional State Administration shows police and rescuers at the scene after a missile hit the train station in Kramatorsk, Donbass region, eastern Ukraine, on April 8, 2022. ( Anatolii STEPANOV/AFP)
This image contains sensitive content that some people may find offensive or disturbing – Click to reveal


A photo provided by the Donetsk Regional State Administration shows police and rescuers at the scene after a missile hit the train station in Kramatorsk, Donbass region, eastern Ukraine, on April 8, 2022. ( Anatolii STEPANOV/AFP)

In a post about the incident, the Atlantic Council Digital Forensics Laboratory, a US surveillance site.reported that:

“Russian Telegram channel Siloviki prematurely published information that the Russians are ‘working in a group of Ukrainian armed forces at the Kramatorsk railway station’ and celebrated casualties among Ukrainian fighters.
“A few minutes after the initial post, they edited it, presumably after reports of civilian casualties proliferated. In the edited post, they said that when the Kramatorsk train station was attacked, ‘it was possibly a Tochka-U [missile] used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.’
“Both posts were later deleted, but the original post and the edited message were archived as a forwarded message on another pro-Kremlin channel.”

Other teams of investigative journalists also reported that the Russian denials are probably false. The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a group of Russian journalists, said that the missiles that hit the Kramatorsk station probably came from the southeast, where the Russian Tochka-U systems are located.




Reference-www.polygraph.info

Leave a Comment